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Exploring Hidden Britain: Bringing Local Communities to Life

  • Nicole New
  • 7 October 2013

Deep within the depths of rural Britain, communities are stirring. Shabby but iconic telephone boxes are being reclaimed, shuttered shops are being repurposed and visitors welcomed in with open arms. And it all has to do with community tourism, a proven way to rehabilitate local infrastructure and bolster local economies.

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The Thermal Greenhouse Town of Hveragerði: Iceland’s Offbeat Hotbed

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 29 April 2013

The town of Hveragerði, Iceland, just 45 minutes outside the capital city of Reykjavik, was built over a volcanic magma chamber, capitalising on the abundance of steam and hot water rising from the ground. Here, superheated groundwater can reach temperatures of 392°F. Resourcefully, Hveragerði residents have put their thermal endowments to use in a number of creative ways.

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Photo of the Week: Carnival of Cultures, Pentecost in Berlin, Germany

  • Björn Awe
  • 7 March 2013

Every year around Pentecost (the end of the Easter season), Berlin celebrates its multiculturalism with a Carnival of Cultures! During a four-day street party (from May 17 to 20 in 2013), there’s a lively procession full of costumes, music and dance, and about 4,000 participants perform for more than 750,000 visitors.

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Farmsteads Thrive in Rural Lithuania

  • Kestas Lukoskinas
  • 27 August 2012

There are hundreds of farmsteads for various tastes throughout Lithuania’s five regions and their national parks. Aside from the pleasure of relaxing in nature, such farmstead stays offer many possibilities to experience the traditional way of life in Lithuania, as locals have lived it for centuries. Almost every farmstead or homestead in Lithuania is family-owned and -operated.

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Video Spotlight: Olympic Torch Relay 2012

  • Paul Tavner
  • 10 June 2012

With just under 50 days until the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics, London – and the rest of the United Kingdom – has begun to warm up in earnest. The Olympic Torch began its journey in its spiritual home of Olympia, Greece, one month ago today, where it was lit in a traditional ceremony at the Temple of Hera. Following a brief tour of Greece, the flame was passed to UK representatives, who escorted it back to the host country.

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Global Responsible Transport Service, Green Path Transfers, Rolls Across Europe

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 27 April 2012

Given the size and scope of Europe, visitors often only see what’s presented on packaged travel itineraries. They never experience the plenty that awaits independent travellers who choose to explore the continent at their own pace. For the earth-conscious, Green Path Transfers now offers secure, reliable and competitively priced 100-percent carbon-offset transport in key destinations in Europe and well beyond.

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Green Travel in Lithuania with The Beautiful Land of Nevermind

  • Kamran Marwah
  • 14 September 2011

In Lithuania, the cities of Vilnius and Klaipeda are different in many ways, but they share one important goal with respect to the environment: Today, travellers can tread lightly when it comes to the impact of ground transportation. Thanks to The Beautiful Land of Nevermind and its responsible transfer services, corporate and leisure travellers can make eco-friendly transportation choices when visiting this beautiful country.

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Cycling in Iceland: Rain, Bright Nights, Stunning Views and Unbeatable Adventures

  • Thomas Marvin
  • 12 August 2011

Back in 2006, my friend Legs and I packed our bags and bikes and headed to Iceland for a six-week pootle round the island. The cycling trip ended up being some of the most amazing six weeks of my life – howling gales that lasted days, thoroughly pot-holed dirt tracks, stunning views and the invention of tuna tikka-massala.

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Nutti Sámi Siida Leads in the Responsible Development of Indigenous Ecotourism in Swedish Sápmi

  • Katja Bechtloff
  • 29 July 2011

My experience with Nutti Sámi Siida has been a dream come true. My interest in ecotourism began while I was studying Scandinavian studies, geography and tourism at universities in Germany and Sweden. During my research, I observed that travelers today are ever-more fascinated by the uniqueness and distinctiveness of indigenous cultures, as well as by the often stunning natural environments where these cultures reside.

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Travel Banter with an Advocate of Local Travel in Lithuania

  • whl.travel
  • 26 July 2011

Every month, we delve into the travel experiences of people in the extended WHL Group network. This month we talk to Kestas Lukoskinas, co-founder of The Beautiful Land of Nevermind, the whl.travel local connection in Vilnius and Klaipeda, Lithuania.

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